The capital city is one of 17 U.S. cities set to receive free energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as part of the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program sponsored by CITGO Petroleum Corporation.
Besides Little Rock, the following cities will share a total of 500,000 CFL bulbs:
Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas; Lemont and Chicago, Ill.; Lake Charles and New Orleans, La.; Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Jackson, Miss.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C.
Qualifying households in Little Rock will each receive 10 CFLs, which will program analysts say will reduce the annual air pollution in the city equivalent to removing 176 cars from the road for one full year.
The program is expected to help about 50,000 households save energy nationwide. Launched in 2008 as a pilot program, the 2012 initiative begins at the start of the summer season, when electricity bills are expected to rise.
"CITGO is committed to environmental stewardship and we are pleased to offer assistance to help families in need save on their energy costs this summer," said CITGO President and Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Granado. "CFL bulbs have clear environmental and economic benefits and in providing energy efficient lighting resources for families, we seek to encourage energy conservation in the community."
Over their lifetime, the CFLs distributed through this program this year will save almost $18 million in energy costs, nearly 185 million kilowatt hours and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 271 million pounds; equivalent to removing more than 24,000 cars from the road.
Community action groups will distribute the free light bulbs. Those wishing to apply to the program in Little Rock may contact the Central Arkansas Development Council at (501) 778-1133.
Program beneficiaries will also be provided with educational brochures about energy efficiency and conservation, as well as detailed information on the proper disposal of CFLs.